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Tools for Redesigning Your School   In our work, we share a wide variety of resources on fostering adaptive leadership in schools. Below are some of our favorites:   Critical Conversations Leading ...
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Cultivating a Culture for Peer Observations

Cultivating a Culture for Peer Observations | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
By Emily Dolci Grimm, Trent Kaufman, & Dave Doty Emily Dolci Grimm, Trent Kaufman, and Dave Doty outline four ways school leaders can help teachers become comfortable using peer observation—and being observed themselves—to fuel their professional learning. Read their article “Rethinking Peer Observation” in the May 2014 Educational Leadership. Unlike traditional approaches to PD, peer observation places learning in the context in which teachers work each day: in the classrooms, among students, and about the content. In our article, we discuss practices at the heart of effective peer observation. Educators often cite the existing culture in their schools as an obstacle to trying peer observation, primarily because observations are typically associated with evaluation. Teachers ask us, “How can we reduce anxiety and develop a culture of open practice in our building?” Here are four behaviors that can reduce teachers’ anxiety, pique interest, break down isolation, and increase professional dialogue in schools. Reposition the role of the observed teacher. Placing the reins of leadership in the hands of the observed teacher—rather than the observers—enables teachers to direct their own learning. When an educator invites his or her colleagues into the classroom as observers, the observation should reflect a genuine area of interest to that teacher. This will allow authenticity, participation, and the teacher’s excitement to grow. Focus the observation. Without a focus for the observation, observers are more likely to observe things that interest them rather than what interests the observed teacher. Equipped with a narrow focus, observers are prepared to collect data on a specific element of teaching and learning. Examine the data. Conversations are most effective when they begin with what observers saw and heard in a classroom, rather than with the conclusions observers have drawn. Imagine the difference in conversation that would result from the statement, “Half of your students were not engaged” versus “Twelve of your students did not participate in the class discussion.” A structured protocol—which sets times for sharing the data and then making sense of it—can propel the value of these conversations. Explore the relationship between teaching and learning. After the teacher has been observed and the observers have shared the descriptive data they collected, the group is well positioned to examine the relationship between teaching and learning. When the conversation focuses on this relationship—rather than on the teacher as an individual—teachers’ comfort with the process will grow. These practices develop a culture of open practice, in which peer observations can become a process teachers deeply value.
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What Steve Wozniak Learned From Failure - HBS Working Knowledge

What Steve Wozniak Learned From Failure - HBS Working Knowledge | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On | Langwitches Blog

Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On | Langwitches Blog | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it

According to Carol Rodgers in  Defining Reflection :Another Look at John Dewey and Reflective Thinking, four criteria emerge from Dewey’s work that characterize reflection.

 

1. Reflection is a meaning making process that moves a learner from one experience into the next with deeper understanding of its relationships with and its connections to other experiences and ideas.

 

2. Reflection is a systematic, rigorous way of thinking, with its roots in scientific inquiry.

 

3. Reflection needs to happen in community, in interaction with others

 

4. Reflection requires attitudes that value the personal and intellectual growth of oneself and others.


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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The impact of reflection on learning is true for student learning AND for professional, adult learning.  

 

This chart includes the key steps teachers engage in via collaborative inquiry.  It is a powerful professional-learning experience. 

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This is an outstanding article on the power of deeper learning application and reflection. I also add metacognitive learning strategies with the  teaching and learning approaches. I shared the upgrade to KWL chart too.

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"Reflection" ha many meanings - reflective teaching should become standard

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John Wooden's Timeless Lessons about Teaching and Coaching

John Wooden's Timeless Lessons about Teaching and Coaching | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
Hank Bias, a high school basketball coach, was about to lose his job met when he John Wooden. Coach Wooden encouraged him to focus on slowly, steadily improving his teaching on the practice court. Bias did that, applying the principles of continuous
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The lessons in this sports story directly relate to continuous learning among teachers and administrators in K-12 settings.  This would be a great article to discuss for a multi-disciplinary look at continuous learning. 

Discussion Questions: How are you and colleagues applying the four elements of continuous learning described on page 45?  

 

These are spot on the features of the collaborative inquiry I lead with teacher teams. 

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How Do You Find Your Edge? - Tonya Ward Singer

How Do You Find Your Edge? - Tonya Ward Singer | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
Learning begins at the edge of what we don't know. How do you find your edge, continuously, and empower others to do the same?
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Build a culture that nurtures productive conflict


Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
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We learn the most from people who disagree with us, and data that challenges our assumptions.  Fostering productive conflict, in ways that lead to deep collaboration is key to transforming schools.

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Innovation Configurations

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Work systemically to support innovation in educator learning aligned to Learning Forwards' Standards for Professional Learning.

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Six Ways To Motivate Students To Learn

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Scientific research has shown us ways to get the learning juices flowing. Here are six ways to motivate students to learn.
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Challenge IS motivating.  When students disengage, don't make things easier.  Here are great tips to motivate and inspire courageous learning. 

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Create Learning that Unlocks the Potential of Common Core Standards

Create Learning that Unlocks the Potential of Common Core Standards | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
Read four suggestions for accelerating substantive learning essential for transforming educator practice and beliefs when implementing Common Core.
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Courageous learning is key for engaging professionals in opening their doors to collaborate at the edge of new learning.  Be a learner.  Inspire educators across your organization to not have all the answers, but instead ask, try and learn from what isn't working to realize new possibilities.

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30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028

30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028 | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028
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Embrace the complexity.  What we don't know is fuel for innovation. Collaborate to lead paradigmn shifts in education. 

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Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability | Video on TED.com

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
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When we are comfortable with uncertainty and imperfection, we can enbrace the complex challenges that matter most in our work and our lives. Courage opens doors to connection and learning. 

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Inspire Courageous Learning

Educational innovator Tonya Ward Singer addresses 800 teachers and administrators at the 2012 Scholastic National Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn ...
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Helping Students Develop a Growth Mindset

Helping Students Develop a Growth Mindset | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
I’ve written about helping students develop a growth mindset before, but I would argue that challenging students to grow and realize their potential is just as important at the end of the school…
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Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
"I don't do teacher for a living. I live teaching for my doing . . . and technology has amplified my passion for doing so." You can learn more about me by viewing my Twitter Profile @ http://twit...
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Excellent point, Jackie, that teaching these isolation isn't the solution.  It's all about synthesis in meaningful contexts.

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The Impact Of Technology On Curiosity

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Looking at the impact Of technology on curiosity is also a look at the impact of technology on learning

Via Nik Peachey
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Provocative article, especially the questions at the bottom, including: What happens when students don't know what they don't know?

 

I ask this for us as communities and a socieity, what happens when we don't know what we don't know?     

 

History has some terrifying answers on what people can do collectively when locked into a set idea of "knowledge."   

 

How can we best leverage technology to support students as critical thinkers, curious and empowered? 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 28, 8:14 AM

Thanks to Nik Peachey.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, January 28, 6:29 PM

Curiosity is probably the greatest intrinsic motivator for learning... foster curiosity and you create a learner...

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, January 29, 1:57 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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Analyzing Texts: "Text Talk Time"

Analyzing Texts: "Text Talk Time" | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
Helpful teaching strategies for getting students to analyze text. Incorporates both large and small student group discussions. Covers Common Core for ELA for speaking and listening and reading informational text.
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Notice what the teacher says and asks to facilitate the conversation. She guides students in identifying evidence to explore their questions and to support THEIR claims.  She extends with a very specific teacher-selected task to have students make and justify a claim. 

 

Partner conversation built into the whole group discussion would be an additional benefit to ELLs and any students reluctant to volunteer in a group. 

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Learning Teams Articles

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These are some of my favorite articles by Ronald Gallimore and colleagues on teacher learning teams. 

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Why You Need a PLN, and How to Build One

These slides were used during my session "Why You Need a PLN, and How to Build One" conducted at the 2014 ASTD Techknowledge Conference

Via Gust MEES
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What is important to you in a PLN?   I like to network broadly to continuously challenge and stretch the contexts of my thinking, AND connect specifically with others in K-12 ELL, literacy and professional learning to collaborate in addressing shared challenges.

 

Thanks for being part of my network!

 

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 24, 6:25 AM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=PLN

 

John McDermott Neill's curator insight, January 25, 1:54 AM

A beginners guide to Personal Learning Networks (PLN).

Eileen Forsyth's curator insight, January 25, 9:05 AM

I can probably find a better source, but this slideshow is a reminder that students who are self-aware of the PLN they are using are more likely to make strategic choices and learn more of what they are interested in. Creating a PLN based on a specific interest or goal would make an excellent independent study.

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Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention - Professional Development Standards

Educator Recruitment and Professional Development
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Joellen Killion was the lead driver developing these protocols. I look forward to reflecting on these in depth after the Learning Forward 2013 Conference. 

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Leading by Learning

Leading by Learning | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
When principals immerse themselves in learning about formative assessments and how students learn, they become better instructional leaders for teachers.
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We must always be learners to lead learning.

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'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy

'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
The concept aims to raise academic expectations by teaching students and teachers how to think of intelligence as something that can be improved through effort and experimentation.
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Carol Dweck's research and innovations are dynamic contributions to our field. We must all be courageous learners willing to take risks, embrace challenge, and push the edge of what is possible. What will you do to foster a growth mindset today?

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Study: Many Teachers Need Common-Core Professional Development

Study: Many Teachers Need Common-Core Professional Development | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
Bringing teachers up to speed on key instructional shifts for the common core remains a challenge for states, says a new survey.
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The most important PD goes beyond introducing the key shifts of Common Core, and engages teachers in shaping and refining pedagogy to realize student achievement with rigous academic tasks. A high-leverage literacy emphasis is evidence-based writing.  Help teachers structure dynamic student conversations around complex texts to support critical thinking and analysis. Leverage text-evidence from these conversations to craft meaninful academic writing for real audiences.  Lead teacher teams in analyzing student conversations and writing as formative data to drive instruction.  

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TEDx Talk | Mike Robbins

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What is unsaid is sometimes key to moving a team forward together.  In leading professional learning, it helps to see whatever elephants might be in the room- and bring them to light when they stand in our way. Authenticy is powerful, and consistently works to inspire shifts among teacher teams and learning communities. 

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Demographic Change Amplifies Importance of Academic Achievement

Demographic Change Amplifies Importance of Academic Achievement | Lead Courageous Learning | Scoop.it
As the numbers of minority children entering the nation's schools grow, experts say that helping them achieve greater academic success will be crucial to future U.S. economic competitiveness.
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